Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

by Relationship Coach Rinatta Paries on February 27, 2014

in Break-ups and Divorce, Dating, Heartbreak, Marriage, Men's Help, Relationships, Singles

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on HER Radio, a show on Radio MD. The hosts and I talked about long-distance relationships, whether distance makes the heart grow fonder and the implications of this for in-person long-term partnerships.

In the interview we covered what works and what doesn’t in long-distance relationships, how to transition a long-distance relationship into in-person, whom long-distance relationships are best for, and whether in-person couples should take a page out of the long-distance book to improve their relationships.

The show information and the audio from the show are below. The interview is under 10 minutes long and in it you will be able to glean a number of important insights into how to have a great relationship.

“Relationships: Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder?” from the show: HER Radio

Listen to the Show:  Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder? interview

A study found that people in long-distance relationships share personal thoughts and feelings with their partners more often than those in geographically close relationships. The study also found an increased feeling of excitement and intimacy. The research argues that distance truly does make the heart grow fonder.

Couples do not get to see each other as often, so their “infatuation stage” and excitement to see each other lasts longer.

The study also found that women in long distance relationships were more likely to share meaningful thoughts and feelings than those who were not. They also tended to idealize their partners’ behaviors, leading to a greater sense of intimacy.

On paper, long distance relationships look great, since they eliminate some of the day-to-day annoyances you share with your partner. A significant geographical distance forces you to communicate more and showcase the best of yourself.

In longevity though, long distance coupling is questionable.

Along those lines, should couples in close proximity emulate couples in long distance relationships more often and give each other some space?

Relationship Coach Rinatta Paries explains the advantages and disadvantage of long-distance relationships.

Listen to the Show:  Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder? interview

[stextbox id=”red_box”]If you are wondering about your long-long distance relationship or facing issues around space in your in-person relationship, it may be a good time to get some help.

Schedule yourself in for a half-hour Get Clarity Coaching Session with me, on the telephone or in person, and let’s help you to create the relationship experience you want.[/stextbox]


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